The Healthy Life Is A Good Life

The Healthy Life Is A Good Life

Your health should be a priority.
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Recently I have noticed so many people prioritizing loving your body the way it is and focusing on not comparing yourself to others. This is fantastic. No one should feel inferior because of their physical appearance.

However, there is a difference in doing this and ignoring health completely. Being healthy and loving the body you have does not mean eating whatever you want, whenever you want, in whatever quantity you want, while not exercising. It means having a balanced diet, focusing on being healthy but letting yourself cheat every now and then. Life is too short to not have brownies, ice cream, french fries, mac & cheese, etc. In addition to the way you eat, exercising is extremely important. I do not mean going to the gym until you have a thigh gap or running miles on miles every day... I just mean doing something active at around three or four days a week. Getting your heart rate up is important for your health. You can run, jog, walk, speed walk, elliptical, bike, swim, lift, kickbox, do yoga, etc. In order to lead a healthy and long life, you have to get active.

What I think is important for having good body image is working out so YOU feel good. Not about how you look. It can be about how you look if you are looking to gain muscle and tone. It should NOT be about working towards being as skinny as you can be. If you are eating mainly healthy and exercising a few times a week, you are doing amazing! Do not worry if some people do the same as you and look different than you. Focus on yourself. Worry about yourself. Everyone is different.

Leading a healthy lifestyle can make you happier and will lead to a longer life. So go for a hike with your friends and see some amazing views, ride your bike tomorrow morning and see the sights, go for a jog and feel proud of yourself, feel like a badass while kickboxing, or hit the gym and post an Instagram or Snapchat story to show off! Whatever you do, do it well, with passion, and be motivated by a fit and healthy lifestyle.

Happy health hunting!

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When You Give A Girl A Dad

You give her everything
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They say that any male can be a father, but it takes a special person to be a dad. That dads are just the people that created the child, so to speak, but rather, dads raise their children to be the best they can be. Further, when you give a little girl a dad, you give her much more than a father; you give her the world in one man.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her a rock.

Life is tough, and life is constantly changing directions and route. In a world that's never not moving, a girl needs something stable. She needs something that won't let her be alone; someone that's going to be there when life is going great, and someone who is going to be there for her when life is everything but ideal. Dads don't give up on this daughters, they never will.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her a role model.

If we never had someone to look up to, we would never have someone to strive to be. When you give a little girl someone to look up to, you give her someone to be. We copy their mannerisms, we copy their habits, and we copy their work ethic. Little girls need someone to show them the world, so that they can create their own.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her the first boy she will ever love.

And I'm not really sure someone will ever be better than him either. He's the first guy to take your heart, and every person you love after him is just a comparison to his endless, unmatchable love. He shows you your worth, and he shows you what your should be treated like: a princess.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her someone to make proud.

After every softball game, soccer tournament, cheerleading competition, etc., you can find every little girl looking up to their dads for their approval. Later in life, they look to their dad with their grades, internships, and little accomplishments. Dads are the reason we try so hard to be the best we can be. Dads raised us to be the very best at whatever we chose to do, and they were there to support you through everything. They are the hardest critics, but they are always your biggest fans.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her a credit card.

It's completely true. Dads are the reason we have the things we have, thank the Lord. He's the best to shop with too, since he usually remains outside the store the entire time till he is summoned in to forge the bill. All seriousness, they always give their little girls more than they give themselves, and that's something we love so much about you.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her a shoulder to cry on.

When you fell down and cut yourself, your mom looked at you and told you to suck it up. But your dad, on the other hand, got down on the ground with you, and he let you cry. Then later on, when you made a mistake, or broke up with a boy, or just got sad, he was there to dry your tears and tell you everything was going to be okay, especially when you thought the world was crashing down. He will always be there to tell you everything is going to be okay, even when they don't know if everything is going to be okay. That's his job.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her a lifelong best friend.

My dad was my first best friend, and he will be my last. He's stood by me when times got tough, he carried me when I just couldn't do it anymore, and he yelled at me when I deserved it; but the one thing he has never done was give up on me. He will always be the first person I tell good news to, and the last person I ever want to disappoint. He's everything I could ever want in a best friend and more.


Dads are something out of a fairytale. They are your prince charming, your knight in shinny amour, and your fairy godfather. Dads are the reasons we are the people we are today; something that a million "thank you"' will never be enough for.

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9 Reasons To Attend A County Fair This Summer

There will be goats. Need I say more?

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Around this time in the summer, your routine starts to feel monotonous and boring. One way to solve that issue is to attend your county's (or a neighboring county's) fair. The fair allows you to do something different for a few days and spend some quality time with friends and family.

1. There are animals everywhere!

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No boring dogs and cats, but rather farm animals, like huge cattle and loud sheep. There is nothing that petting a goat cannot solve. I promise.

2. You can play all kinds of carnival games.

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Maybe you'll win a goldfish.

3. The food is amazing.

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Smoked pulled pork barbecue sandwiches, funnel cakes, pizza by the slice — is your mouth watering yet?

4. You can attend a mini-concert.

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That small-town country singer who nobody has heard of before might be famous someday.

5. You can shop for mini treasures in the craft and vendor barn.

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Handmade and one-of-a-kind jewelry and clothing are always available for purchase at the county fair.

6. It's a cute date.

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Take a picture in front of the Ferris wheel, share a bag of caramel corn or play ring toss until you win a stuffed bear too big to take home with you. There is something for everyone and you will both enjoy it so much.

7. Catch up with old friends and reunite with family.

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At my home, we constantly bump into people that we know, especially at county-wide functions like the fair. It makes for the perfect place to hang out, even when it is unplanned.

8. You get to explore all of the unique youth projects.

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There are so many kids that have spent a lot of time on their 4-H and FFA projects. They love it when people come and look at their projects. By complimenting them or by taking time to listen to them, you will make their day.

9. You can pretend to be a little kid again.

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We all used to do it. We would ride the carousel over and over until we were sick of it, or we would shove as much cotton candy into our mouths as possible. It will be just as fun, or maybe even better, now that you're all grown up. And if you are bringing that previously-mentioned significant other, then it will be 100 times better, guaranteed.

The county fair allows you to be nostalgic about your earlier years and to experience new things with new friends. Don't forget to try something deep-fried!

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